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Tim Harlow

Reporter | Traffic and transportation
Phone: 612-673-7768

Tim Harlow covers traffic and transportation issues in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and likes to get out of the office, even during rush hour. He also covers the suburbs in northern Hennepin and all of Anoka counties, plus breaking news and weather. 


Harlow previously spent four years covering Washington County news and writing about family events and festivals. He is a resident of Robbinsdale and earned a communications degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., and a masters degree in communications from Bethel University.
Recent content from Tim Harlow
Bicyclist who died in fatal Monticello crash with semi ID'd

Bicyclist who died in fatal Monticello crash with semi ID'd

The cyclist was struck while in a crosswalk on Hwy. 25 at the I-94 intersection.
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott, seen at a news conference Monday, announced on Twitter that City Manager Curt Boganey had been “relieved of his

Brooklyn Center mayor takes on oversight of police, fires city manager

City leaders appeared poised to fire the police chief after the police killing of Daunte Wright on Sunday.
Joan Floren

Joan Floren, skilled gardener and volunteer for west metro nonprofits, dies at 67

Joan Floren's awe-inspiring flower gardens were a must-see that were routinely featured on tours. But she displayed her best work as a tireless volunteer who…
Minnesota State Patrol responds to fatal crashes in Monticello, Hastings

Minnesota State Patrol responds to fatal crashes in Monticello, Hastings

The crash in Monticello involved a bicyclist, the patrol said.
Motorists can apply a high-temperature (1,300- to 2,000-degree Fahrenheit) automotive exhaust spray paint to their catalytic converters to dissuade th

Marking catalytic converter can be a DIY job

All all you need is a generous amount of bright, high-temp automotive exhaust spray paint.
Road closure signs blocked off West River Parkway in Minneapolis for walkers and bicyclists in June.

2 parkways in Minneapolis will be closed to cars through May 31

Starting Monday, vehicular traffic will be banned on sections of Lake Harriet and West River parkways.
Signs warn drivers that westbound I-694 in New Brighton will be closed this weekend.

Minnesota road construction season begins with weekend closure on I-694

MnDOT will carry out 200 construction projects this summer.
This week workers began deploying nearly 1,000 Nice Ride bikes across Minneapolis, and a fleet of 1,000 pedal-assisted e-bikes and scooters will be ou

Nice Ride Minnesota hopes to rebound after slow 2020

The season began this week with 1,000 bikes deployed throughout Minneapolis.
Hector man, 92, dies in McLeod County crash

Hector man, 92, dies in McLeod County crash

The two-vehicle wreck occurred on Hwy. 15 south of Hutchinson, Minn.
Wisconsin woman dies in crash on 35W in northeast Minneapolis

Wisconsin woman dies in crash on 35W in northeast Minneapolis

The victim was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from her vehicle.
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COVID protocols bring changes to the fan experience at Target Field

Thursday's home opener will include digital tickets, face masks and lots of sanitizing.
Police will spray paint catalytic converters to dissuade thieves from stealing them. Photo credit: St. Paul Police Department

St. Paul police will mark catalytic converters to deter theft

Police also will install theft-prevention screws to protect license plates during an event Saturday.
Riders prepare to board a Metro Transit Route 21 bus traveling west along Lake Street at Cedar Ave.

Metro Transit increases capacity limits on buses and trains today

The new load limits take effect Monday; masks will still be required.
A Metro Transit bus drove north on Hennepin Avenue in a dedicated bus lane toward the Uptown Transit Station in 2019. Minneapolis officials are explor

Hennepin Avenue business owners to city: Don't take our parking

A major overhaul of Hennepin Avenue from the Walker Art Center to Lake Street would eliminate about 90% of curbside parking spots.
Fire damages restaurant, apartments in Cedar-Riverside

Fire damages restaurant, apartments in Cedar-Riverside

It appeared no one was hurt in the Friday morning fire.
Remember the Embers: Joe Rickenbach, owner of the last Embers in Minnesota, said some customers were emotional upon hearing the news.

Longtime customers turn out to remember Minnesota's last Embers

Ricky's Embers in Fridley has shut down after more than 20 years
Minneapolis traffic deaths hit 7-year high

Minneapolis traffic deaths hit 7-year high

Speeding and reckless driving led to the uptick.
Man dies in tractor crash near St. Peter, Minn.

Man dies in tractor crash near St. Peter, Minn.

The crash involving a semitrailer truck trailer happened early Wednesday on southbound Hwy. 169.
A rendering of the new building in downtown Anoka shows the planned law enforcement training center and animal containment facility.

Anoka leaders split on plan to build new animal impound

The site would be built in conjunction with a new police training facility.
Missing 10-year-old Fridley girl found safe

Missing 10-year-old Fridley girl found safe

Ava Whitfield was found at a Walgreens in Maple Grove.
Brett Feldman has ridden his bicycle for 1,826 consecutive days, including through snowstorms and subzero weather.

He took the 30 Days of Biking challenge and kept going — 5 years and counting

This 55-year-old Minneapolis resident has now pedaled at least 3 miles a day for 1,826 consecutive days and logged more than 12,600 miles since that first ride.
Osseo gun shop under fire after offering ammo for 'trip to the hood'

Osseo gun shop under fire after offering ammo for 'trip to the hood'

Criticism mounted after e-mail was shared on Facebook and other platforms.
Airlines have been among the most impacted industries because of the Coronavirus, including Delta Airlines, which has drastically cut flights. A Delta

Gusty winds lead to a landing rarity at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport

Planes waiting to land stacked up over the north metro.
Drivers wait at a ramp meter leading to I-35W in Minneapolis. Meters space out traffic entering the freeway helping to relieve congestion.

COVID pandemic loosened up Twin Cities traffic as people stayed home

There's no question roads have been emptier over the past year as restrictions related to the coronavirus kept many workers and students at home and…
Staffing shortage means Ramsey license center will remain closed

Staffing shortage means Ramsey license center will remain closed

The branch will reopen as soon as more workers are hired.
Missing Coon Rapids teen found alive in Minneapolis

Missing Coon Rapids teen found alive in Minneapolis

Gavin Tessman went missing Thursday while on his way to school.
Howanda Williams showed the bedroom she decorated for her oldest daughter Mary, left, who is 8, in their new apartment. Also pictured are William’s

Lack of funding threatens project helping homeless at Brooklyn Center hotel

The program has served more than 80 families but could end in just days.
Woman dies, son hurt in central Minn. crash

Woman dies, son hurt in central Minn. crash

An 8-year-old boy was injured in the crash near Pierz, Minn.
Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder addressed a news conference near the scene of the shooting in north Minneapolis on Saturday evening.

Man dies in shooting on Lake Street in south Minneapolis

A fight may have led to the city's 16th homicide of the year, police said.
Three die in separate rollover crashes in greater Minnesota

Three die in separate rollover crashes in greater Minnesota

The crashes occurred in Carlton and Todd counties.
The Ramsey City Council recently voted to stop enforcing the statewide mask mandate.

After mask mandate vote, Ramsey is a city divided

The City Council voted to stop enforcing a state mandate, polarizing those pushing for individual rights and those following the law.
Drywall that fell off a semitrailer truck blocked lanes on eastbound I-94 inside the Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis.

Lanes reopened after truck carrying drywall crashes in Lowry Hill Tunnel

Traffic was reduced to one lane on eastbound I-94.
Passengers en route to the State Fair made their way onto a SouthWest Transit double-decker bus, Friday, August 29, 2014 in Eden Prairie, MN. LIZ FLOR

Suburban transit agencies team up to ask riders, 'How can we serve you better?'

A survey will give customers a chance to help shape the future of suburban transit.
Inmate dies in Rush City prison, cellmate suspected

Inmate dies in Rush City prison, cellmate suspected

It was the first inmate on inmate death in a Minnesota prison since 2013.
A St. Paul Police officer pulled over a speeding car on Franklin Avenue SE. in 2020. An all-out blitz that started in February has state troopers team

Speeding on Minnesota roads? Expect to be stopped, police say

There is a problem on Minnesota roads and it's not potholes, as plentiful as they are.Speeders are the biggest menace on the roads, and law…
A Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office deputy was seriously injured Wednesday night when a suspect fleeing police broadsided a squad in Arden Hills.

Deputy seriously hurt when felon fleeing police hits squad in Arden Hills

The suspect has a lengthy criminal history, the sheriff's office said.
The Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Nicollet Mall in 1999. This year it will take place in Columbia Heights, the first time in 53 years th

For the first time, the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parade won't be held downtown

It's the first time the event won't be held on Nicollet Mall.
Sixteen DVS exam stations reopened Tuesday, May 19, 2020, including this one in Arden Hills where during the mid-morning an estimated 200 people waite

Legislative auditor: DVS struggled to meet drivers' testing requirements

Staff shortages combined with high demand and fewer open exam stations contributed to long wait times.
City Council member Chelsee Howell.

Ramsey council member blasted over comments on Japanese Americans

Howell compared the imprisonment of Japanese Americans with Gov. Walz's mask mandate.
Mark Webster, a longtime friend of Prince, is pushing to have 7 miles of Hwy. 5 between Interstate 494 and Galpin Drive designated to honor the musica

Minnesota legislators want to rename highway after Prince

Two Minnesota legislators say they are introducing measures that will allow the Minnesota Department of Transportation to designate a segment of Hwy. 5 that runs…
Man killed in crash east of Mankato

Man killed in crash east of Mankato

The crash occurred just after midnight on Hwy. 60 east of Mankato.
“We don’t have the authority to usurp the government mandate,” Ramsey Mayor Mark Kuzma said about a measure that prohibits the city from using i

Ramsey, Minn., mayor vows to repeal city action to stop enforcing mask mandate

He vows to reverse City Council measure that forbids using city resources to enforce mandate.
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Thieves in Blaine steal van modified to transport special needs girl

The van was taken from an underground apartment complex parking garage.
Chisago County man killed in single-vehicle crash in Lino Lakes

Chisago County man killed in single-vehicle crash in Lino Lakes

The crash happened near County Road 23 in Lino Lakes.
A person with a face mask outside a shop in Austin, Texas. Texas, Mississippi, Iowa, North Dakota and Montana have or will soon end statewide mask req

Ramsey votes to stop enforcing Gov. Tim Walz's mask mandate

Authors say the executive order infringes on constitutional rights.
Minneapolis police are investigating after two groups of people shot at each other late Monday near a south Minneapolis intersection and the gunfire e

Teen killed, man wounded in south Minneapolis gunfire

No one has been arrested.
Anthony Verderame, of Fridley, served the ball during a pickleball game at the Andover Community Center in Andover, Minn., on Friday, March 5, 2021. V

Pickleball players push for outdoor courts in Andover

Parks commission settled on a site but recommended construction start in 2025.
The speed limit on Hwy. 100 north of I-394 officially went up with the installation of 60 mph signs to replace the old 55 mph signs.

Speed limit rising to 60 mph on Crosstown and I-394

Without fanfare, MnDOT raised the speed limit on Hwy. 100 through Edina and St. Louis Park last fall.
Metro Transit buses traveled on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis last year.

Downtown bus, train service to continue 'whenever possible' during Chauvin trial

Service will continue 'whenever possible.'
A portion of Lyndale Avenue has been closed for several hours as police seek a suspect involved in an early morning crash.

Suspects apprehended, roads open after search in Bloomington

A portion of Lyndale Avenue near I-494 has been closed for several hours.
A site for development near downtown Anoka.

Anoka City Council votes to end Human Rights Commission

The fate of the group is 'very unclear,' one member said.
A rider with a bicycle pulled the bike off a rack on a Metro Transit Route 21 bus in Minneapolis in December.

U transportation study aims to see how easy it is to get to school or health care

Education and health care destinations will be added to annual measure of access to jobs by auto, transit and biking.
A MnDOT snowplow driver cleared a stretch of I-35W in Burnsville in January 2017.

Big winner in MnDOT's snowplow contest: Plowy McPlowFace

More than 122,000 votes were cast as part of the 'Name a Snowplow' contest.
Scott Smith has driven 4.6 million miles over 42 years with no preventable accidents. His motto: “Get up earlier. Leave sooner. Live longer.”

Roseville truck driver honored after more than 40 years behind the wheel

Minnesota Trucking Association names Scott Smith its Driver of the Year.
A pedestrian approaches University Avenue in Spring Lake Park. A new city ordinance makes it illegal to linger in seven high-traffic intersections, in

Spring Lake Park limits time pedestrians can spend in medians

Motorists who stop to engage with panhandlers or others would also be subject to a citation under the ordinance.
Man killed in south Minneapolis crash

Man killed in south Minneapolis crash

The victim's name has not been released.
A rendering of a new concept Taco Bell that will be built in Brooklyn Park this year.

Brooklyn Park is first to get Taco Bell's new drive-through prototype

The City Council approved the plans this week. The restaurant will feature multiple pickup lanes.
GLEN STUBBE • glen.stubbe@startribune.com The opening day of 2017’s Minnesota State Fair.

Prospects for 2021 Minnesota State Fair are encouraging

A drop in COVID-19 cases and rising vaccination rates have sparked optimism.
Earle Brown Days is getting a new name and format.

Brooklyn Center renaming, revamping its summer celebration

Instead of a weekend party, the city will hold smaller events throughout the spring and summer.
Teen killed in Stearns County crash

Teen killed in Stearns County crash

The crash happened Monday morning on Hwy. 15 north of Kimball.
As the Twin Cities Auto Show was preparing for it's opening Friday, crews were busy building displays and polishing up the cars that will be on di

In a first, Twin Cities Auto Show will be outdoors

The outdoor event will take place May 15 to 23.
2 injured in south Minneapolis house fire

2 injured in south Minneapolis house fire

The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Traffic signals at the intersection of Hwy. 10 and Ramsey Boulevard in Ramsey would be replaced with a full interchange to alleviate bottleneck

Plans to address Hwy. 10 bottlenecks in Ramsey take shape

Anoka County and the city of Ramsey want to remove traffic signals at two intersections along Hwy. 10 and replace them with grade-separated interchanges to…
Metro Transit hopes to have as many as 15 rapid bus lines operating by 2040.

Metro Transit eyes Central Avenue for next BRT line

The F Line through NE. Mpls. and beyond could be running by 2030.
“In 45 years in this business, I’ve never seen anything like this,” Steve Larson, owner of Muffler Clinic in St. Louis Park, said of the wave of

Catalytic converters at center of a Twin Cities crime wave

Police say there is little they can do to prevent the thefts and that it's tough to catch crooks unless they are caught in the act. It's also frustrating and expensive for victims.
Tereza Bazac, supervisor with the Roseville License Center, helped Dan Wagner of St. Paul renew his commercial driver’s license and a fishing licens

Need to renew Minnesota driver's license or ID? DVS will open Saturdays

Extensions for those with expired credentials end March 31.
A pop-up sculpture near S. Griggs Street and Summit Avenue featured ice blocks hung from metal strings in the form of a heart on Valentine’s Day. (P

Citing 'safety risk,' crews remove ice sculpture from St. Paul neighborhood

Officials say the sculpture was unsafe and the artist did not secure a permit.
Guest speaker Ted Cunningham at an Eagle Brook Church service in Lino Lakes in June 2019.

Eagle Brook Church's 10th location will be in Ham Lake

Horizons Church will transition to Eagle Brook this spring.
Metro Mobility is refocusing its service on riders like Lolly Lijewski, who uses a seeing-eye dog named Jiffy. Ride requests declined at the start of

Metro Mobility to end free rides for health care workers

Metro Mobility will stop providing free rides to people working in Twin Cities-area health care facilities starting March 1, citing a need for space for…
“Not bad at all” said Dan Larson after slapping pucks on Lake of the Isles Monday morning “There is no wind at all, and this sunshine is great!�

Cold snap still not enough to break records in the Twin Cities

Temperatures could hit the freezing mark by the weekend, the National Weather Service said.
Victims of fiery Rush City crash were 3 men from St. Paul area

Victims of fiery Rush City crash were 3 men from St. Paul area

Three men from the St. Paul area died Friday morning when a car and a transit bus collided on a rural Chisago County road and…
The Gnome Craft Pub on Selby Avenue in St. Paul. Previously it was the Happy Gnome.

Police catch suspect in burglary at Gnome pub in St. Paul

The suspect is believed to have been behind up to six other break-ins.
Michelle Allender and Jack Rudman of A+ Driving School in White Bear Lake conduct a driver’s education class for high school students online.

Bill would let Minnesota teens take driver's ed online — without instructor

If a measure before the Legislature passes, online instruction would begin in June 2022.
Slick roads in Twin Cities lead to scores of crashes, spinouts

Slick roads in Twin Cities lead to scores of crashes, spinouts

A driver was rescued from a pickup truck dangling over the side of the Cedar Avenue bridge over the Minnesota River.
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USPS will rebuild Minnehaha branch in original location

Construction timing is still unclear.